The 100 Most Common Korean Verbs

I’ve just put up a long overdue update to the site.  I put together a list of 100 Common Korean Verbs.  It isn’t scientific or anything; it’s just what I seem to use the most living here in Korea.  Take a look and see what you think.  Are there any glaring omissions?  Any mistakes?  Keep checking back soon for the latest updates.  Don’t forget to utilize the search bars to find words easier.  There are probably about 600 vocabulary words so far on the site.  Lot’s more to come.

More Coming Soon

I’ve added some more vocabulary to the Nouns section.  It’s starting to fill in, but there is a lot more that will be added.  This week I’ve been working on some “time” vocabulary I think you all will find very useful.  One of the challenges with this site is thinking of how best to organize and present the information.

With my busy schedule, I’ve taken a break from watching dramas, but I’ll start watching them again and posting vocabulary from the episodes.  My goal for this year is to watch 12 complete series and I still have 12 to go.  The good news for you all is that should result in some good posts.

So keep checking back, I promise that the site will keep filling in.

Korean Vocab Goals, Update 5

Here is some vocab from the 구미호 외전 (Nine Tailed Fox / Forbidden Love) drama that I finished up a few months ago.  I really liked the show.  It’s a little dated and cheesy, but it still has appeal.

I have posted in a while so I’ll remind you of the goal.   Every episode of a Korean drama that I watch, I jot down a few vocabulary words that I don’t know or that I still don’t use regularly.

A witness – 목격자
To witness – 목격하다
Evidence – 증거
Peace – 평화
Revenge – 복수
Emotion – 감정
Last chance – 마지막 기회
Courage – 용기
Coward – 겁쟁이
To destroy – 파괴하다

Korean Vocab Tips

One of the mistakes I made when I first started learning Korean was memorizing unnecessary vocabulary for the level that I was at.  This applies to learning any language.  I spent a lot of time learning things like all the animals or all the body parts.  You should focus on what is essential.   When you’re a beginner, you don’t need to know what “belly button” or “seahorse” is.

If you’ve browsed around the site you’ll notice that it still needs a lot of work.   Currently, there are only a few hundred words up.  I’m still trying to figure out how to organize everything.  One thing I’ve started implementing are sortable tables with a search option.  Make sure to try out the search on the individual vocab pages.  I think it’s a neat feature.  Please be patient as I get the rest of the vocabulary up.

One of the things I was thinking of doing with the tables is having an option to sort it by what level vocabulary it is.   If you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to sort and see what vocab words you should put a higher priority on learning.

I just added the Korean animal vocabulary today.  You can see the sortable table.  I was thinking if I did implement the level feature, which animal words are the most common and important when learning Korean.

Having lived here for a couple years, I think the most common are as follows:

pig: 돼지
dog: 개
cat: 고양이
chicken: 닭
mosquito: 모기
cow: 소
bird: 새
monkey: 원숭이
fish: 물고기
bear: 곰
wolf: 여우
frog: 개구리
tiger: 호랑이
rabbit: 토끼
ant: 개미
spider: 거미
dragonfly: 잠자리
horse: 말
rat / mouse: 쥐
turtle: 거북의
snail: 달팽이
fly: 파리
snake: 뱀

This is just off the top of the head as to which ones I might mark down for beginners.  They are in no particular order.  Some are more common than others.  I may even break it down further.  I think pig, wolf, and dragonfly are used much more than they are in English.  I guess it depends on where you live.  In Seoul, in the summer time, there are dragonflies everywhere (and mosquitoes!)

Anyway, those are just a few thoughts.  Subscribe to the website to keep up with new updates.  Lot’s more to come.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho Vocabulary

I started a new drama recently called 내 여자친구는 구미호 / My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.  I really like stories of gumihos.  I guess you can kind of say they’re the equivalent of vampires.  It’s cool to see the legends of other kinds of monsters and supernatural beings from other cultures.

This one is quite different from the other gumiho drama I recently watched, 구미호 외전 (Nine Tailed Fox / Forbidden Love)My Girlfriend is a Gumiho is very lighthearted so far and very funny.  It’s an interesting blend of romantic comedy meets fantasy.

This is the Korean Vocab I’ve jotted down so far.

Celebrity: 유명인 / 연예인
To Count: 세다
Rumors: 소문
Be arrested: 체포되다
To arrest: 체포하다
Still… / even so: 그래도
No way! (in disbelief): 설마
Chilly (weather): 쌀쌀하다
Pretend: 척하다

What is a 날라리?

Yesterday, I was walking home from work when I ran into one of my former elementary school students who just started middle school.  I asked her how she liked her new school and middle school life.  She said everything was good except that there were a lot of 날라리.  I asked her what exactly that meant and she said that there are a lot of girls who have major attitude, wear a lot of make up, short skirts, and dye their hair off colors.

I’ve asked my Korean friends to get the basic idea.  Basically, 날라리 are juvenile delinquents.  They are rebellious teenagers who go against the rules.  They use a lot of curse words, skip school,  smoke, and drink.  The guy 날라리 wear skinny pants and tend to have long hair.

I’m back!

You probably didn’t even know I was gone.  I spent a few weeks back in the U.S.  and then I took a nice little tripper over to Cambodia and Malaysia.  I’ll be back to updating the site now.  I’m also working on a sister site over at learn Korean.  Both of the sites will be built out slowly, but they’ll get there.  Subscribe to the feeds to follow the updates.

Happy New Year, Korean Vocabulary Goals – Update 4

새해 복 많이 받으세요 or Happy New Year to you all.  Here are some more words from the latest episodes of 구미호 외전 (Nine Tailed Fox / Forbidden Love).  Well, plastic surgery wasn’t one, but I learned it in the process.  If you live in Korea, it is a word you should know anyway because it seems everyone has had some work done.

Sword – 검
Knife – 칼
Surgery – 수술
Plastic surgery – 성형수술
With / Together (adverb) – 함께
On the other hand – 다른 한편으로는 / 근데 한편으로는 / 반면에

Korean Environment and Nature Vocabulary

I learn a lot of Korean vocabulary in the process of teaching my Korean elementary school students.  Today, I did a lesson on the environment and learned some new words.  I already knew nature – 자연, but I didn’t know:

Environment –환경

Recycling –재활용

To Recycle – 재활용하다

Pollution – 오염

Population – 인구수

I was really impressed with them.  They did a great job with this lesson and seemed to be very socially aware.

In the future, I’ll also make posts from vocab that I learn from my classes.  It’s always nice to learn the vocab within certain themes.

Korean Vocab Goals – Update 3

Alright, so I’m still watching the Korean drama 구미호 외전 also known as Nine Tailed Fox / Forbidden Love.  All the Koreans I’ve talked to say that it was a terrible show, but all the non-Koreans seem to like it.  It definitely has some poor acting and elements of cheesiness, but it also has a unique appeal.  It’s difficult to explain.

For me, sometimes a concept is enough to carry a show or movie and for this show that seems to be the case.  I’m intrigued by the folklore of the 구미호.  In this show, the 구미호 fox race and the human race struggle to co-exist.  I must say, the inter-species love story is quite interesting (the 구미호 creatures appear just like humans).

Anyway, I’ve still been trying to jot down a few new words every episode.  I think you’ll find the common words from the show reveal a lot about it.  Here is the newest vocabulary for me.

To Fail – 실패하다
Failure – 실패
To Succeed – 성공하다
Success – 성공
Mission – 임무

Persuade – 설득하다
Survive – 생존하다
Warning – 경고

To Hurt – 상처를 입다 / 상처 주다
Hurt – 상처
Suffer – 고통을 겪다 / 고통을 받다

Selfish- 이기적이다
Engagement to be married – 약혼
A superior / senior – 선배
Confession – 자백
Identity – 정체